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3,2,1 Start Your… Sailboats?

Location: Indonesia
Camera info: Fuji Finepix A303 / Automatic Point & Shoot
ISO 100 • f 7 • 1/350 sec

Even on a semi-deserted island in the middle of nowhere, you can’t get away from sports! On a trip to Indonesia, I visited one island that only took ten minutes to walk from one shore to the other. There was a village on the island, and the people were excited to have tourists visit them and learn about their culture. They showed us everything they could think of, including one of their favorite pastimes – sailboat racing!

The rules were pretty simple: sail out to a certain island a good distance away, make a loop around it, and come back before anyone else. Oh yeah, and don’t dump yourself and the boat into the ocean in the meantime! Easier said than done. Several of the men from our tour group hopped in the boats with the locals to give it a try. At least we gave the islanders a laugh! They lined up to watch our guys attempt to maneuver those big sails (or, in some cases, just bail water as fast as they could while the “experts” steered). Either way, whether from shore or on the ocean, we all had a good time.

Sailboat racing is actually a very popular sport around South Asia. There are championships and boating clubs & associations in some countries. Others, like our islander friends, just have informal competitions to connect with their communities. No matter what the community or sport, it seems that competition is part of human nature. Just try and beat that!

What is your community’s favorite sport? Does taking part make you more connected with them?

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